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Nazarene Research Services, FCA, YFC, and a camp ministering to abused foster children

Fellowship of Christian Athletes says it saw 52,358 faith decisions through its various ministries across the country in the fiscal year September 2021 to August 2022. FCA’s new Faith Response Tool will also allow the ministry to keep better track of faith decisions made by coaches and athletes through its texting system. FCA has four stars and an “A” transparency grade in the MinistryWatch database, and a donor confidence score of 90.

Laura Lance, Rich Houseal, and Dale Jones (left to right) of Nazarene Research Services

Lonesome Dove Ranch just outside Royse City, Texas, hosts six 3-day Round-Up camps each summer for foster children who have been victims of abuse. The 120-acre camp, led by a Texas pastor who was a victim of sexual abuse as a child, connects children with God and nature through archery, fishing, tractors, horserides, bonfires, and relationships, and ends with a birthday party celebrating each chid.

Nazarene Research Services of the Church of the Nazarene, played an instrumental role in the 2020 U.S. Religion Census, which cataloged information from more than 350 different denominations, 350,000 congregations, and 160 million people. Research Services created the database to track the data, and also wrote the grant proposal, managed the budget, recruited groups, and received the data. “By examining the data available from the U.S. Religion Census, Nazarene pastors and laity will better understand their communities, relationships, and their own Nazarene identity,” Research Services Director Rich Houseal said.

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A Youth For Christ chapter in Miami launched Cloud Life chat rooms and message boards as an online alternative for students unable or unwilling to join for in-person discipleship. So far, YFC Miami has more than 100 teens involved in Cloud Life, where mentors can share the gospel and build meaningful connections. A 2019 report found that teens spend an average of more than seven hours a day online, not including schoolwork. Youth For Christ USA has three stars and an “A” transparency grade in the MinistryWatch database, and a donor confidence score of 90.

Christina Darnell

Christina Darnell is a freelance writer who has contributed to WORLD, The Charlotte Observer, and other publications.